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Something Good Came Out Of Toronto City Hall.

Anyone that knows anything about me will know I subscribe to the ethos of just being myself, and I'm prone to falling outside of conforming sometimes. After all, I'm unique - just like everyone else is - and not all these "one size fits all" policies work.I don't go out of my way to be obnoxious, but I'm more than happy to show authority when what suits 80% of the public doesn't suit me. If someone is not willing to fix things that I'm paying for, I just go up the ladder until someone has the gumption an... read more »

How the City of Toronto DDOS's itself.

I'm a firm believer that most people who don't understand something just haven't had it explained to them in a way they understand. The Internet is such an item that frquently causes people to not understand certain aspects, and especially a thing like DDOS ("Distributed Denial Of Service") attacks - often just shortened to "Denial of Service" attacks.This morning I witnessed the Toronto Parks and Rec registration process - where thousands of frustrated people are coordinated to hit the limited city reso... read more »

The worst thing Toronto can do next with flood ...

Some people think I get a little too ahead of myself when it comes to spotting potential issues. On June 24th this year, I pointed out a jarring issue with Canada's "1 in 100 year" flood planning information that it provides to the public. In short, I pointed out that it's dumbed-down, retroactive-looking, "cherry-picked" information that uses the data that they want to use, to paint an inaccurate story - because the truth would cause the city a bigger issue where people don't want to live here. The ma... read more »

Toronto Garbage Collection Issues

Not a season goes by without me having reason to complain about Toronto Waste and their garbage collection practices. If they're not skipping houses, they are only doing one side of the street. If they're not missing bags and bins, they're leaving them strewn all over the sidewalk.It's the leaving things across the sidewalk that bothers me most. Given the guy in the truck is doing everything using a remote control joystick, he should be able to put the bins back where he found them - and as a bonus, upri... read more »

The Invention of Staff Fracking

Many things have been invented in Toronto, but this year we can add a new item to the list. I'm going to call it "Staff Fracking". The technique with this similar to normal shale gas fracking where you inject water at high pressure into rocks until they shatter and the pressure forces gas to the surface, except here you inject lots of scandalous hot air then increase the pressure until senior staff start streaming out. It appears to be rather effective, judging by the constant stream of ex-city hall ... read more »

Putting a back flow preventer on the internet -...

You may remember a previous technical article (here if you need it) where I tried putting a backflow preventer on the internet. Well, whilst I slightly changed the end project before implementing it, last night it all ended in disaster. We had a heavy rain storm last night, and the sensor failed... The reason it failed was the whole assembly got submerged under water. In short, the hole it was down (where it could ping the mainline back flow preventer with the IR sensor to see if the trap was up or down)... read more »

TTC Track Madness

This morning, this tweet caught my eye. $104,727,250.54 for 800 metres of track? Let's do some math: $104,727,250.54 / 800 = $130,909.06 per metre. A 2013 Rolls Royce Phantom in Canada costs $470,000. At 5.834 metres long, it only costs 80,562.22 per metre. At that price, you could build an 800 metre line of nose-to-bumper Rolls Royce Phantoms (totalling 137 cars), and it would only cost $64,390,000. That leaves you enough money ($40,337,250.54), to put a 1 ounce gold bar on each of four seats ... read more »

When Process Hinders Progress

There's an old joke about a substance called Administrantium. It runs like this: The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by university physicists. The element, tentatively named "Administratium," has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0. However, it does have one neutron, 15 assistant neutrons, 70 vice neutrons, and 161 assistant vice neutrons. This gives it an atomic mass of 247. These 247 particles are held together in the nucleus by a force that involves t... read more »




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